TULUM, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 2009
"TULUM - The third most visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza and before Mont Alban, is located on 12-meter cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula"
"GENERAL VIEW - Spectacularly located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a Mayan settlement that flourished from 1200 AD until the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadores"
"RUINS BY THE SEA"
"TEMPLE OF THE DIVING GOD (left) - The main god honoured is the «Diving god» or «Descending god»"
"THE MAIN TEMPLE - El Castillo"
"EL CASTILLO - The largest and most prominent building is The Castle"
"MAIN TEMPLE - El Castillo, a temple as well as a fortress, was originally covered with stucco and painted red. A wide external staircase leads up to the doorway, with three niches. In the central one, a beautiful sculpture of the descending god may be seen"
"WALL - Tulum was protected on the sea side by the high cliffs and on the landward side by a 400m long and 8m thick wall that reached 5m in height"
"TEMPLE OF THE FRESCOS (the two middle pictures) - Directly in front of the Castillo, was used as an observatory for tracking the movements of the sun. It contains interesting 13th-century frescoes. The frescoes represent the rain god Chaac and Ixchel, the goddess of weaving, women, the moon, and medicine. Remains of the red-painted stucco can still be seen"
"MAR DEL CARIBE"
"CARIBBEAN SEA - Tulum is the only site with Mayan ruins located by the sea, i.e. by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea"